History of Wisconsin Lambda Chi

Sigma Alpha Epsilon Wisconsin Lambda Chi was founded April 2005.

Upon the founding date, Wisconsin Lambda Chi officially became a colony of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. A colony's goal is to receive a charter from the national organization. The charter signifies a group as a true chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. So in April 2005, the work began.

To curb stereotypes, the colony took strong stand as an alcohol free organization and began their search for others who shared the ideals of a True Gentlemen.

Though the colony was small, it was quickly recognized as part of the Greek Life community at UW-L by the Inter Fraternity Council. IFC is the local branch of the North-American Interfraternity Conference and by becoming a member of IFC the colony becomes a member of the campus's Greek Life community. Unfortunately, soon after SAE WIL-C joined the Greek Life community, the brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon at La Crosse closed their doors. The doors of the Wisconsin Alpha chapter of SAE also closed that year - leaving WIL-C as the only SAE organization in Wisconsin.

Despite the disconnection from other SAE chapters and the loss of TKE chapter, the local brotherhood of WIL-C was strong and the aid of the brothers Sigma Tau Gamma invaluable. When WIL-C's membership increased from six to 23 men, WIL-C brothers worked along side the brothers of Sigma Tau Gamma to expand the community service efforts of UW-La Crosse's Greek life, as well as WIL-C's efforts earn a charter and become a full chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

Though colonization was a considerably long journey, with help from providence leaders, SAE coordinators of extension, and UW-L's Greek Advisor, Kaye Schendel, WIL-C was able to work through the chartering process. The work paid off when on February 2009 Wisconsin Lambda Chi was officially chartered as the 300th installed chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon!